Lady Farm is in the village of Chelwood, Somerset, UK, the home of Malcolm and Judy Pearce.
The gardens have been designed and created by Judy over 20 years.
In 1972 Malcolm and Judy agreed to swap homes and take on the 150 acre farm on a handshake and an evening on cider! There was no garden then and the 150 cows collected in the yard beside the kitchen. They continued milking until 1992 when the cattle were moved to another farm and the buildings were demolished.
Top soil was moved from a 4 acre paddock and spread over the old yard area. Grass seed was sown and trees planted around the 12 acre perimeter.
The accidental discovery 2 years later of the source of the spring water was the reason for the waterfalls and lakes running diagonally through the garden.
Planting started in earnest with low maintenance and dramatic vistas -essential ingredients.
Lady Farm Gardens have featured in many books and magazines all over the world.
All Gardens Great & Small on HTV in 2000.
The ‘prairie’ and ‘steppe’ style planting is a popular feature all year round providing an array of striking colours which evolve throughout the seasons.
A shady hosta walk with birch and hydrangeas leads to a lake which is surrounded by natural planting, blending into a wildflower meadow. From the lake, a stream cascades into a deep ravine of rockwork.
Two new boarders were planted in September 2007, combining a broad variety of grasses, stems and colour themed perennials which start to flower in June and continue until October.
The formal cottage garden is planted with white tulips to start the season and continues through until October.
There are various statues around the garden – some very old ones based on Greek mythology and others made from fallen trees for the further amusement of many!